All for youth

Football, politics and charity join forces at Nottingham Forest in the Community launch.

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Labour leader Ed Miliband and European Cup winner John McGovern together cut the ribbon today in launch of a new Nottinghamshire community charity. Its programmes will engage 150,000 young people throughout the county in a range of physical and learning activities.

Nottingham Forest in the Community - the football club's eponymous charitable trust - unites local businesses, health providers and education centres under a single, social initiative at a time when public sector services are being squeezed across the national and local level. Its schemes will range from improving sport participation rates amongst disabled people to educating the long-term unemployed and supporting them back into work.

At The City Ground, Miliband opened the "Champions Centre" , the charity's new home for youth teaching and training. Alongside him, Forest's former captain under Brian Clough, John McGovern, said:

It is a real honour to have the education centre named after the teams I captained to European glory. Those triumphs were a great achievement and I hope our efforts will help inspire the thousands of people who will have access to a fantastic facility here at the City Ground to go on and achieve their own goals.